Personal Development is Key
It is very important for us to try to develop ourselves in all areas of our lives. Our religion teaches us to strive to fulfil each of our responsibilities with Ihsan (excellence) and always try to improve ourselves.
We should work hard to improve our position in our careers. We should be grateful for the ability Allah gave us to have our jobs, so we should continue to aim higher. By seeking development in our careers, we are making full use of the talent Allah has given us. Our aim to earn more financially should not be for us to life a materialistic life, but it should for us to help those in need.
We should also try to develop ourselves in our relationships with our family and friends. For example, we could try to make sure we visit them regulary. If we can’t visit them, we should try to make sure we are still communicating with them to see how they are and to let them know that we care for them. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him not harm his neighbour; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him show hospitality to his guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent”. (Bukhari and Muslim)
We can try to help our friends more. Even just simply letting them know that we are there for them when they need us can be of great comfort to them, as we never know what a person is going through and what they are struggling with. We can help our friends better themselves as believers.
We can be kind to our friends and neighbours who are not Muslim, as it is an important part of our religion to be kind and to help others, regardless of which religion they follow. This is a reflection of good character, which we should all be striving towards.
We should try to seek development in terms of our Deen. We can try to improve the quality of our Salah by avoiding becoming distracted whilst we are praying and really try to concentrate properly in our Salah. We should try to learn the meanings of what we are saying in Salah so that we are able to feel more connected in our prayers. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive…” (Qur’an 23:1-2)
In the du’aas that we make after Salah, we should really try to think about what we are asking for and try to be sincere. We should make our du’aas from our heart and really mean what we are saying, believing and cementing in our hearts that Allah is our only source of help.
We should try to spend more time reciting the Qur’an and furthering our knowledge of the correct recitation. We should try to memorise as much of the Qur’an as much as we can. We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“A Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may receive admonition.” (Qur’an 38:29)
We should think about ways in which we can study the translation of the Qur’an so that we understand what we are reading and we benefit as much as possible from reflecting on it. The Qur’an is our guide, so we must ensure we are dedicating time to reading and reflecting on it. There are so many lessons for us to learn from the Qur’an – we should not lose out on discovering these just because we did not spare time to study the translation when we knew we could have if we really wanted to.
Our religion teaches us to strive to achieve our full potential in every aspect of our lives and work hard to attain every opportunity to gain rewards. We read in a hadith that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“If the Resurrection were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then let him plant it.” (Musnad Aḥmad)